“The third time is the charm,” said Polly Long, as a disc golf tournament that had been snowed out twice finally got underway Saturday in 90-plus degree heat.
“It all got started with Hurricane Harvey,” and an elementary school in Houston that was completely flooded, said Long. “Our kids reached out to their kids and wanted to help.”
With the completion of Saturday’s disc golf tournament at Mount Airy High School, all four schools in the Mount Airy school system have played a part, according to Long.
Tharrington Elementary School held a fundraiser where kids paid a dollar to be allowed to wear pajamas or hats to school. Jones Intermediate had a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics night with donations going to the cause, and Mount Airy Middle School had its own fundraiser.
“All four schools have reached out to help kids they don’t know,” said Long. “We may be small, but our heart is big.”
Long said she would accompany Garrett Howlett and Mount Airy schools superintendent Kim Morrison to Hilliard School to present a check for the funds raised.
The nine-hole disc golf course is on the Mount Airy High School campus, but Long insists it is open to the public and is for the use of the entire community.
“We have discs available,” said Long to prospective disc golfers who don’t own equipment. “Just inquire inside the school.”
Although on Saturday, Long was not ready to envision organizing another tournament, she said, “I think we’ll have more tournaments. I’d like to see high schools competing here, or maybe firemen vs. the police, that kind of thing.”
“This was not pretty,” Long said of the manicured park-like area at the beginning of the course, with park benches and tables and chairs surrounding a memorial area with an enormous painted memorial rock surrounded by flowers. “You can come here and think about kindness,” adding that she and her husband had come there for a meal earlier in the week.
“We had no money. Hall’s Nursery donated the flowers, and Lowes helped us with the window boxes and potting soil, and we had helpers come out on Innovation Day to put it together. Now we want the community to use it.”
“We’d also appreciate everything Dean Bray did to make this park a beautiful place,” added Long.
Long said Dr. George Sappenfield, at Surry Community College in Dobson and a pioneer in the sport of disc golf, designed the course. Mount Airy High School secured some funding from Piedmont Triad Regional Council to build the course, and Donnie and Chris Rakes, of Mount Airy Disc Golf Club offered assistance. Garrett Howlett coordinated the efforts of the various volunteers and groups.
Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699.